(Joplin, MO) – Rally your team members for the 7th Annual Clays for a Cause event benefiting the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. This year’s event is Saturday, October 3, at Shawnee Skies Shooting Complex and Training Center in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. Teams and individual competitors are welcome.
“The new Shawnee Skies location will provide a challenge to pro-level as well as hunter-class shooters,” says Del Camp, Ozark Center Chief Clinical Officer. “The equipment is quite new, and therefore provides a safe, engaging, and reliable experience. Last year, the course difficulty was set to a ‘pro’ level. This year, it will be corporate level, meaning more clays will be broken at the end of the event as compared with last year!”
Shawnee Skies Shooting Complex has all gravel roads for easy access to stations. Guests may walk the paths or bring a golf cart. All stations have solar-powered systems for power. Shawnee Skies Shooting Complex is accredited by the National Sporting Clay Association (NSCA).
NSCA coach and referee Mike Kelly will set up the course along with Gil Ash and Promatic, the equipment vendor which conducts global shooting events.
Registration is open now. Entry fee is $90 per person until September 30 and $100 on the day of the event. This fee includes lunch, t-shirt, and 100 clays. Registration at the event lasts from 7:00 am – 8:00 am, followed by a safety meeting at 8:15 am. Shooting begins at 8:30 am.
Net proceeds support the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Past events have funded scholarships and program development. Last year, more than $11,000 was raised.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 54 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In 2014, it was one in 59. With the need for services increasing, organizers set a goal to raise $20,000 this year.
“You are able to do a sport for a great cause and have a lot of fun while donating money,” says Missouri State Senator Bill White who was previously involved. “Clays for a Cause is a unique fundraiser. It’s not like a golf tournament, where many organizations have one. This can be a rare opportunity for those who shoot competitively.”
You can register online or download a registration form at ozarkcenter.com/clays or call 417.347.7474 for more information.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2019. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.
Lisa Olliges, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System